Punjab YDA plans ‘black ribbon’ protest from today (June 12, 2012)
Rawalpindi (June 11, 2012) – The talks between the chief minister’s committee and Young Doctors Association (YDA) on service structure of doctors have failed, announced the YDA Rawalpindi Chapter office-bearers in a press conference.
The YDA office-bearers announced to start a ‘black ribbon’ protest in all healthcare facilities in Punjab today (Tuesday). They will also arrange the All-Pakistan Health Convention to which Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif will be invited as chief guest.
YDA Punjab Chairman Dr Muhammad Haroon, YDA Rawalpindi Vice Chairman Dr. Raja Imran, YDA Rural President Dr. Asadullah, YDA Rawalpindi Media Secretary Dr. Imran Arshad and YDA Rawalpindi Vice President Dr. Waleed addressed the press conference.
The YDA office-bearers alleged that the chief minister’s committee, which was formed to prepare proposals for the service structure of doctors, has failed to deliver as the dialogue between the committee and the YDA has failed.
The young doctors went on strike in outpatient departments of hospitals in almost all major cities of the province, including Rawalpindi, on the call of YDA Punjab on April 16 this year demanding revision of their service structure. However the YDA called off its strike after three days when the Punjab government formed a committee, comprising PML-N leaders and representatives of the YDA, Punjab Chapter, to finalise proposals for revision of service structure of doctors working under the provincial government within a month.
“We held the press conference to take media persons and general public into confidence after failure of the chief minister’s committee in preparing proposals to solve issues of young doctors serving under the Punjab government,” said Dr. Haroon while talking to ‘The News’ on Monday.
In the press conference, the YDA announced that the All-Pakistan Health Convention would be organised on June 13 in Lahore. All doctors serving under the Punjab government, representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association, medical students and teachers are invited to discuss issues related to health in the convention, said Dr. Haroon.
He added that the YDA, through the media, invites the CM to attend the convention as its chief guest so that he can interact personally with the YDA representatives as the committee formed by him has failed in resolving issues of young doctors.
Giving the June 17 deadline to the provincial government, the YDA officials announced that young doctors would go on complete strike in OPDs of all healthcare facilities across Punjab from June 17 if their demand for revision of service structure is not met by the government.